Just a couple of months ago, I received my first Anonimo -- a Millemetri Deep Blue. It instantly took over as my most-worn watch. Love the case design, its finishing, the proportions, the big crown at 4.
It soon became clear that I was catching the Anonimo bug.
Thus began the hunt for a brother to the Deep Blue. Of course, this was a difficult process -- first because I've been trying to downsize my collection -- and second, because there are just too many fantastic models. Professionales, Dino Zeis, Militares, D-dates, plus all the new models such as the Notturnale.
Lucky for me, I have a limited budget so that helped reduce the list of candidates a bit.
After much reflection, I realized that my next Anonimo should be a Cronoscopio. But which configuration? I knew I wanted an automatic movement as opposed to hand-wind. I also really liked the big crown on my Millemetri, so I decided to go after a Mark II. Then I saw Mike's ad for a Mark II Drass version on the sales forum.
Since I have such respect for Anonimo's case finishing techniques, I was really excited to see and feel this Drass case for myself. Mike and I negotiated terms and the Cronoscopio was on its way to my door.
I've had my share of watches, and the unboxing moment is always a bit unpredictable. Sometime a watch looks just the way I expected it to look. Other times, something doesn't quite work when I strap a watch on my wrist. But this time, I was truly blown away by how great the Mark II Drass looked and felt in person.
The drass finish is a warm dark gray. It's definitely lighter than any PVD finish I've seen, and has an almost bronze undertone. The case and bezel are both finished in Drass that's been smoothly satinated. I love contrast between the dark, rich Drass and the 5 steel bezel screws and the blasted crown and pushers.
I had a really hard time capturing the depth of the case finishing in photos. I'm not sure its even possible. This is a watch that looks substantially more captivating in person.
The dial absolutely works for me too. To my eye, large numerals give a watch a little personality, and I like the use of even numbers only. It's funny, my wife thinks the cut-off 12 and 6 look odd. Heck, the fact that the 4, 6, and 8 is pretty odd too, isn't it? For some reason, I find all this to be intriguing. I don't need numbers to read my watch anyway...so these idiosyncracies just make the dial fun to look at for me.
The Kodiak strap is surprisingly nice. I didn't expect it to be as soft as it is, and I have to give Anonimo props for matching the stitching to the gray of the crown. I love swapping straps, so it's somewhat bittersweet that this one is such a perfect match. I think I'll be keeping it on the Kodiak for a while.
I have to say that the Cronoscopio is the best watch purchase I've made since I bought my Breitling a year ago. Might be the best watch purchase I've made period. Every time I look at it on my hairy wrist, I feel amazingly fortunate to be able to afford such an outstanding piece of craftmanship. I know my fellow Anonimists understand what I mean!
I hope you enjoyed my blabbering and my not-so-excellent pictures. It is a pleasure to share this fine passtime with all of you who also appreciate the fine works from Anonimo Firenze.